Tips for your Gay Wedding in Malta
With joy the legal notice for one of the most awaited bills was confirmed on the 1st September 2017, which brings Malta in line with other countries where same sex marriage is now recognised, bringing the same responsibilities and obligations as marriage including joint adoption.
All the legalities remain the same and publication of bans are required in respect to the marriage taking place.
- Full Birth Certificates (showing parents’ names)
- Declarations on Oath (Form RZ2). These declarations are to be signed, on separate forms, by each of the parties either in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths attached to an Embassy of Malta in your country of residence or, alternatively, in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths located in your country (E.g. a Solicitor, a Justice of the Peace, a Notary, etc.). It is absolutely necessary that the authorized person dates the declaration and affixes his/her personal stamp or seal.
- Persons who have never been married must produce a Free Status Certificate from their local Registrar. If the Registrar cannot issue such a certificate, we require a statutory declaration by a third party drawn up in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths. It is absolutely necessary that the solicitor dates the certificate and affixes his/her personal stamp or seal.
- Documents normally require legalization stamps/Apostilles issued from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the respective country of domicile.
As your wedding planners in Malta and Gozo we will guide you to facilitate the process of your application to marry in Malta, this would include our presence in applying on your behalf at the Marriage Registry in Valletta, once the paperwork reaches us, we apply the policy of giving out all the paperwork by hand to the marriage registry.
With this in place the wedding planning starts to take place and that is where we take pride in assisting the couples to take the best decision based on their requirements and their needs towards the wedding of their dreams.
The logistics of arranging a lesbian or gay wedding are somewhat different than a straight wedding, because there is a century of etiquette that dictates the rules of how that works. Gay and lesbian couples are left to make it up as they go along — and that is actually a very good thing! It gives the couple the ability to make their own decisions about who sits where, who goes down the aisle and who waits by the registrar, who is responsible for the rings, who carries a bouquet and who gets to make a speech.